Public Safety and Facilities Announcements

Need to Know When Elevators Are Down? Opt In Here

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Recently a task force represented by Equity and Inclusion Initiatives, CLASS Disability Services, Facilities Management, Public Safety, Marketing and Communication, and Residential Life developed a more streamlined process for communicating to the campus community when an elevator isn’t working normally.

As part of this new process, a new opt-in listserv will offer timely information and updates about elevator status around campus, including when normal service resumes after an elevator has been out of order. If this information would help you avoid disruptions and navigate campus more easily, please subscribe at the link below.

Subscribe to elevator updates:

Teaching and Learning

Music Therapy Short-Term Study Abroad in South Africa in Summer 2024

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Music Therapy Short-Term Study Abroad Program is available this Summer! We go to South Africa between July 7th and 17th, 2024! We welcome non-music/music therapy majors as well. If you study related fields such as psychology, social work, nursing, and physician assistant, consider joining us! Here is the webpage link:

The Writing Center Will Open January 28

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The Writing Center opens January 28th!

The Augsburg Writing Center offers both online and in-person tutoring. Skilled students will work with you one-on-one at whatever stage of writing you are in – the idea-development stage, the drafting stage, and the revision stage – and can show you how to choose an appropriate essay topic, how to develop a thesis statement and paragraphs, how to revise your essay, or assist with any other writing needs you may have. Tutors will be alert listeners and ask questions, and will not judge or evaluate the work in progress. For more information, please visit our website. We look forward to seeing you!

Located on the second floor (across from Advising) of the Lindell Library in person (drop-in only): Sunday 5-8pm and Monday- Thursday 2-8pm
Online (appointment needed): Sunday-Thursday 6-8pm

Monday, 3:40 pm: Designing Reading Assignments Workshop

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Designing Reading Assignments for Comprehension & Engagement
January 29, 2024, 3:40 to 5:00 pm
Presenter/s: Rachel Malchow Lloyd, Associate Professor, Education, & CTL Director

Location: Marshall Room

Description: Ever wondered if students are actually doing their assigned reading? Or how well they are understanding the reading? “Reading is not a timeless, universal capability. Advanced literacy is a specific intellectual skill and social habit” (Gioia, 2005); it is also increasingly differentiated by discipline in college courses. This session will explore key text analysis and reading comprehension tools faculty in all disciplines can use to design more impactful reading assignments for students.

RSVP Designing Reading Assignments Workshop

Nominations Open: Faculty Distinguished Contribution Awards

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Augsburg annually recognizes faculty that have made exemplary contributions to creating an engaging academic learning environment in one of three categories: Teaching, Scholarship, and Service. All full-time faculty who have been employed at Augsburg for at least three years are eligible for the awards. Additionally adjunct faculty who have taught at Augsburg for at least three years are eligible for a Distinguished Contribution in Teaching Award.

Any member of the Augsburg Community (faculty student, staff, etc.) may nominate a person for these awards. For more information on the process and requirements of nominators, please see the individual nomination forms on the page linked below.

Nominations are open until March 1, 2024 at 11:59 pm.

Faculty Distinguished Contribution Awards

Great Summer Job: URGO Summer Research Phase 1 Applications Due February 12

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Phase 1 of the applications are due February 12th at 11:59 PM, so start talking with your faculty members to learn about what research or creative activity is going on in your department!

The URGO Summer Research/Creative Activity Program is an 11-week, on-campus program (May 13th – July 26th) where students are funded to conduct research with a faculty mentor. URGO provides full-time summer researchers (400 hours) with a $6,000 stipend and housing discount while half-time researchers (200 hours) receive a $3,000 stipend and a housing discount.

URGO also provides funding for students to work for a professor as a research assistant on an ongoing research project. This is a 100-hour commitment over the course of the summer and comes with a $1,500 stipend. This is an excellent opportunity to try out research for the first time or focus on a specific aspect of a research project.

If you have questions, email or visit the link below.

URGO Summer Research Info and Application

Update: Next Steps for Gen Ed Revision Proposal

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Dear Augsburg Community,

The shared governance process for the 2023 General Education Revision proposal, completed in December, is underway. Here is a timeline and overview of the shared governance process this spring:

– January: Academic Affairs Committee vote
– February: Faculty Senate vote
– March: Faculty first reading
– April: Faculty second reading and vote
– May: Board of Regents vote

As context and a brief review, in February 2023, the Provost charged a representative group of faculty, staff, and students to bring forward a general education revision proposal by December 2023. Based in part on broad consultation with the Augsburg community, proposed revisions to our general education curriculum include:

– three new mission-based requirements in Equity, Power, & Social Justice, Local & Global Engagement, and Sustainability & Wellness
– a streamlined and transfer-friendly curriculum to facilitate students’ progress toward graduation
– opportunities for distinctive new certificate programs and emphases

For more information, please click on the proposal linked below.

With gratitude,
Stacy (

The General Education Advisory Group (aka GenEd(it) Group)
Amanda Case, Kristen Chamberlain, Jennie Diaz, George Dierberger, Darcey Engen, Salma Caamir, Marah Jacobson, James Vela-McConnell, Stacy Freiheit (GenEd Director)


2023 General Education Revision Proposal:

GenEd(it) Comment Box:

General Education Revision 2023 Community Moodle page (self-enrollment is available):

General Education Revision 2023 Google Drive:

General Announcements

Last Day to Charge Bookstore Purchase to Student Account Is Friday

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The deadline to charge your books online has passed, but you can still charge your books to your student account in-person at the bookstore until Friday the 26th! After Friday, bookstore purchases can no longer be charged to your student account.

Interested in Art, Design, and Literature?

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Submit your application to join the 2023-2024 Thó Wiŋ Magazine Board!

Do you like art of all mediums? Do you believe art should be more accessible to the Augsburg community? Do you think publication should be accessible to anyone and everyone in the Augsburg community? If so, you’ll be a great addition to the Thó Wiŋ Magazine editorial board!

We are currently looking to hire an Art/Layout Director! Training will be provided by our current team. Thó Wiŋ Magazine (previously Murphy Square Quarterly) has been around since the 1970s and we are so excited to continue the legacy this year. These are stipend positions and a great way to dip your toe into the wonderful world of publishing!

This position is open to students of any level of experience! We encourage applications from students of any race, gender, sexuality, and background.

If you have any questions, please reach out to Addy Ney (they/she/he) (

We look forward to reviewing your applications!

Submit your application form here!

Undergrads: Chance for a $50 Gift Card – Take Our Survey

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My name is Dean Harris, and I am a doctoral student in the Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University. I am conducting this study as partial fulfillment of my doctoral degree, with Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith as my advisor.

You are being invited to participate in a research study on investigating influences of intrapersonal factors on the relationship between casual sex and mental health. Our study focuses on experiences of casual sex in individuals who identify as single or recently single (i.e., have not been in a relationship longer than one month). As such, if you indicated you were in a relationship for longer than one month, you do not meet our study eligibility criteria. We respect and appreciate individuals in various types of relationships, including open or ethically non-monogamous ones, but our current study’s scope is limited to investigating casual sex in those who identify as single (or recently single). If you agree to this study, I will ask you to complete a survey via Qualtrics. This survey will take approximately 20 minutes to complete. After completing all the survey questions, you will be invited, if you wish, to provide contact information to enter in the raffle to win one of three $50 gift card prizes, and/or emailed the results at the end of the study’s conclusion.

If you have any questions now or later, you may contact me, Dean Harris at 612-239-2534 or You can also contact my advisor, Dr. Patricia Hopkins-Smith at 612-330-1567 or If you contact me or my advisor, understand that your anonymity cannot be guaranteed; however, if you decide to participate, your data will not be connected to your name. If you have questions about your rights as a research subject or want to discuss problems/complaints about the research study, send an email to

Dean Harris
Doctoral Student in Clinical Psychology Department at Augsburg University

Survey Link

Event Announcements

Study Abroad and Away Fair – Wednesday, January 31

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Come learn about off-campus study programs available to Auggies, both abroad and in the USA. Programs range from a few weeks, to a semester, to a year, and there are opportunities that can work for every Auggie.

Wednesday, January 31st
10am – 1PM
Christensen Center lobby

Pick up brochures, ask questions, and get inspired!

Attend the Fair to Enter the Prize Drawing for one of three gift cards: Visa, Target, or Augsburg Bookstore!

Follow us on Instagram to get some sneak peek fair information! @global_auggies

Check out Study Abroad & Away Programs here

MN Private Colleges’ Spring Job & Internship Fair (Feb 22)

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Date: Thursday February 22nd, 2024
Time: 9am-2pm
Location: Minneapolis Convention Center – 1301 2nd Ave S, Minneapolis, MN 55403
Who Should Attend: Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors

Opportunity to network with 200+ organizations who are interested in starting and maintaining employment relationships with Minnesota graduates!

Many of the organizations who will be present at the event will be actively recruiting for jobs and internships. Other organizations may anticipate hiring in the next six months.

To explore what employers will be at the fair, visit

Registration on Handshake is STRONGLY ENCOURAGED. It will make your check-in time faster.

Any questions can be directed to the Strommen Center or

Register on Handshake

“Disability Visibility” Book Discussion: Jan 30 – Join Us

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CLASS and Lindell Library invite you to a book discussion for “Disability Visibility: First-Person Stories from the 21st Century” edited by Alice Wong. “This anthology gives a glimpse into the rich complexity of the disabled experience, highlighting the passions, talents, and everyday lives of this community.”

We’ll discuss narratives from Part 3: “Doing” on Tuesday, January 30, 4:00-5:00 pm in Lindell Library, Room 301. We welcome you (students, faculty, and staff) to this discussion regardless of how much of the book you read! Faculty/Staff can apply this event toward Good/Advanced standing for the Diversity & Inclusion Certificate.

A few copies of the book are available to borrow from Lindell Library at the circulation desk. You can find the book at your favorite bookstore, public library and Bookshare. For questions about this event or accommodation needs please contact

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Help My Mom Afford to Live

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Hello everyone. Some of you here might already know about this, but my family at home is going through some struggle right now. My mom was injured and unable to work. The county has denied her unemployment and disability request due to the nature of her work. This means she won’t receive government benefits AND can’t receive income from her job.
All funds will go to paying her rent, providing for my two younger siblings at home(and 2 dogs) and to help her recover during this period where she is unable to work. Please share if you can’t donate to get the word out.
If you would like to help out in other ways, shoot me an email or text! 612-237-4334

She deserves so much, I am helping her as much as I can on top of being a full time student. Any financial would be more than appreciated, but if you can’t help even just spreading the word is more than enough. I know that many of you are in a tough spot yourself, do not make your situation worse. I appreciate all of you who took the time to read this. We keep each other safe.